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Synopsis for "Heartbreaker"Edit

In London, a young girl named Amy has disappeared. A man with a history of mental illness, Gunther Gyles, has confessed to her kidnap, but refuses to divulge where she is. Just before Kitty Pryde’s welcome back party, Excalibur receive a call from Scotland Yard, and quickly go to help the search. As Shadowcat and Nightcrawler search abandoned buildings nearby, and Meggan and Captain Britain explore the streets, Dai Thomas and Rachel Summers interrogate the suspect. Despite initial qualms, Rachel reaches into Gunther’s mind. She finds a series of disjointed memories of the kidnap, ending with Amy being left somewhere dark and alone. As she reaches deeper, she finds herself at Amy’s location. She finds Amy in the memory, and as she goes to comfort her, finds that it isn’t Amy at all. A green creature turns to her and detonates a psychic bomb, and as the Phoenix flares to protect her, windows are shattered across London. When Rachel wakes up, she tells Dai about the building she saw Amy by. She sends Excalibur to search a number of buildings on the moors.

Later, Dai and Rachel arrive in his car to search one of the buildings, while the rain beats down. Rachel is amused as Dai dives into the boot of his car to emerge dressed in military gear with an assault rifle. Rachel flies off ahead, but is hit by a blinding white light. As her eyes adjust, she sees Ahab, her captor in the future, standing before her. As Dai watches, helpless, Rachel relives the memory of capturing Nightcrawler in her alternate future, and watching as Ahab kills him. As Rachel sobs on the ground, Dai sees a ghostly skull emerge from the ground. It is D’Spayre, who quickly develops into human form as he feeds off the fear and hopelessness of Rachel and the country at large. Dai opens fire, but the bullets pass straight through it. As he laughs, believing his victory is assured, Rachel regais her composure, and throws D’Spayre against a nearby building. As she desperately tries to find Amy, D’Spayre just laughs, as in two minutes, she will be dead. Dai runs towards them, but spies a well as he does so. As the Phoenix flares, there is enough light for him to see Amy at the bottom of the well. He dives in, but the fight between Phoenix and D’Spayre causes the roof on the well to collapse, knocking out Dai. Amy forces him onto a wooden plank that has fallen, and they float up on the rising water. Rachel soon turns the tide of the battle, as D’Spayre realises that Amy is alive, and the rising levels of hope sap his energy. Rachel crushes him in her hand, and raises Dai and Amy clear of the well.

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